We invite you to experience walking the sacred path. Our indoor Petite Chartres Labyrinth design offers a way of finding peace and clarity through movement. It has a singular, well-defined path that leads to the center and back out again. Many use this tool for prayer, meditation, and introspection, nourishing their connectedness to self and God. The results may vary with each individual and with each walk.
Join us in the Markham Room and experience the ‘sacred path.’ It is carefully designed to help you find peace and clarity through movement, a place for quieting the mind while opening the heart. Simply place one foot in front of the other and move forward. It takes about fifteen minutes to follow the continuous flow to the center and back out again. This is a wonderful setting for prayer, meditation and spiritual renewal.
The Labyrinth is an ancient sacred walking path that dropped out of society about 350 years ago. This pattern and its derivatives were placed in Gothic cathedrals in France in the 13th century. In the past decade it has been reintroduced to the United States as a tool to connect with the Divine Spirit. The path, having historical significance in its geometric and numerical design, is one winding continuous flow to the center and back than can be imprinted on portable canvas, permanent stone flooring, or part of a garden landscape. It is a space for prayer, meditation, introspection and renewal. Any insight or transformation is possible in this sacred space if the walker can let go of ‘expectation’ and simply experience its treasures.
Walking a Sacred Path
LabyrinthJeremiah 6:16 Thus, says the Lord…look, and ask for the ancient path, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.
Psalms 16:11 You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy…
The labyrinth is a metaphor for our own spiritual path. It touches our joys and sorrows, our memories and present issues. It is a safe place to simply experience ‘being.’
Some find it helpful to consider the walk in three stages:
The First Stage, as we move toward the center, is Shedding (or Purgation) – a letting go of the details of our life, a quiet of mind. Many people seek to clear their minds during this stage while others will focus on a specific question or concern.
The Second Stage is Illumination, when you reach the center. It is a place of meditation and prayer, a place for openness and receiving.
The Third Stage is Unison, as you follow the path out from the center. There is often a sense of joining with God. There can be a sense of wholeness and healing and often empowerment.
ENJOY THE LABYRINTH